Thursday, December 9, 2010
by: Maria Pouchnikova and John Buckner
Philadelphia city council held its weekly meeting on Thursday, December 9, 2010. With the pound of the gavel on Council President Anna Verna’s lectern, the room fell silent. After an opening prayer, blessing the council and the city of Philadelphia, Madame President Anna Verna began the session with the honoring of groups that had done public service for the city. With Philadelphia’s modern government operating for the past 59 years, the presence of public opinion at council meetings has never been allowed. However, for the past two weeks, the city council has taken an unprecedented step in allowing Philadelphia taxpayers to speak their minds to the councilmen and councilwomen. One hot topic for December 9th’s meeting was the amending of The Philadelphia Code in regards to towing. This bill gives the Philadelphia Parking Authority the power to delegate towing procedures in the city. As part of the open public forum, many tow truck operators voiced their opinions on the bill. Local Philadelphia tow truck driver, “June” said, “it’s frustrating, the city is fighting over the little guy and ruining the business for everyone in the name of punishing a few bad apples.” “June” said that “we have kids, mothers, fathers; we are taxpayers just like those council members and they are trying to take us out of business.” The towing bill is still up for discussion before the council.
Posted by Maria Pouchnikova at 9:18 PM